Monthly Archives: March 2015

An evening with Thomas Spence (Part Two)

In this second installment the two radicals, one old, one young, discuss their views and methods. The piece relies mostly on dialogue. As Calvert looked again at the doleful figure before him he felt he ought to hear what he … Continue reading

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An evening with Thomas Spence (Part One)

When a fictionalised Radical (Alan Calvert) meets a real one (Thomas Spence, 1750-1814). Calvert in this piece consolidates his hatred of lawyers, helping us to understand his loathing for John Eagle, attorney-at-law, when their paths cross a year or two … Continue reading

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The September Massacres: Radicalisation 1790s style (Part Three)

 A few days later, on the 2nd September, 1792, the storm cloud broke.  Caught up in the frenzy of the crowd that day, Calvert was borne along the narrow streets where shutters were drawn against the murderous throng.  Relentlessly it … Continue reading

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Radicalisation 1790s style (Part Two)

Calvert’s story continues in Revolutionary France: She was an innkeeper’s daughter, 22 years-old. Calvert found her beauty immeasurable: eyes dark and brooding, of such blackness they left him breathless at the edge of a shadowy void.  Her long black hair, … Continue reading

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